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Birthday Parties and After-school Activities New to Appleton's Fall Lineup

July 28, 2014

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is venturing into the birthday party business this fall with its new “Arty Parties.”  

“Arty Parties are a fun, creative way to celebrate children’s birthdays and other special occasions,” said Victoria Billig, assistant director of the museum. “This is just one more way for the museum to inspire creativity in budding artists.”

Arty Parties include a hands-on art experience led by museum education staff, a visit to the galleries and refreshments. Party hosts can choose from several themes. Party fees include admission to the museum for up to 15 children, online party invitations and party favor bags.

Also new to the Appleton’s fall calendar is “Half-day Happenings,” a creative way to spend Marion County Public School Early Release Days. Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, from 1:30-3 p.m., the museum will offer an art assignment with hands-on art-making experience for students.

Students ages 7-12 can also enroll in “After School Explorations,” a series of four five-week sessions beginning in September, each focusing on a different medium and theme. Session themes are Sculpture Fun, Clay Sampler, Drawing and Painting, and Watercolor Magic.

Returning this year for adults is “Art 101,” a series of hands-on workshops. Paint a silk scarf Sept. 16, paint with watercolors Oct. 21, or paint with acrylics Nov. 18.

The museum will also offer two six-week “Dig into Clay” workshops where adults can create earthenware sculptures, vessels and other ceramic artworks using a variety of hand-building techniques. The first workshop session begins Sept. 8 and the second session begins Oct. 27. During each session, classes are held once a week for six consecutive weeks. The cost is $150 for Appleton members and $200 for nonmembers, with an additional $25 supply fee.

For more information about these offerings, contact Marie Fielding at 352-291-4455, ext. 1558, or fieldnm@cf.edu. For a complete calendar of events, visit AppletonMuseum.org.

Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Free parking is available.  For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.


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